Monday, September 16, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

I'm trying something new here. Rather than just a album that was announced during the week that I'm excited about, I will start posting a few things that I've liked from the week. This will include new album announcements, songs, covers, and videos!

Angel Olsen announced her fourth album, All Mirrors, a few weeks back. I'm incredibly excited for it and, yes, I have preordered it (possibly twice, I'm not sure if my first order went through). She already released one amazing track from the new album, but released a second this week, "Lark."



Sleater-Kinney released The Center Won't Hold, their incredible, St. Vincent-produced ninth album, earlier this month. They released a new video for one of the album's tracks this week, "Can I Go On." The video starts out innocent-looking enough, with a pair of older ladies about to enjoy some tea together. Things quickly devolve, however, into a knock-down drag-out bout, complete with stripping and mud.



Lucy Dacus has been releasing one-off singles every few months this year. She's released four so far and her latest is a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark." The cover is dedicated to both Springsteen and Dacus' father.



Finally, in album announcement news, FKA twigs announced her sophomore album, Magdalene!

pitchfork.com

The album follows her incredible LP1 and will feature Future and production from Jack Antonoff, who seems to be becoming one of the biggest names in pop production today (he also produced new albums from Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract, and Taylor Swift). She previously released one song from the album, "cellophane," and released "holy terrain" along with the album's announcement. The album will be released on October 25.





Check of my Upcoming Releases page for more new albums!

Also announced this week:

Anyway Gang - Anyway Gang (November 29)
Bishop Nehru - My Disregarded Thoughts (November 8)
Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (January 17)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - I Made a Place (November 15)
Cigarettes After Sex - Cry (October 25)
Cold War Kids - New Age Norms 1 (November 1)
Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿ (October 4)
David Bowie - David Bowie: Conversation Piece (November 15)
Editors - Black Gold (October 25)
Foxes in Fiction - Trillium Killer (October 18)
Freddie Mercury - Never Boring (October 11)
Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus (October 18)
Jeff Goldblum - I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This (November 1)
Kanye West - Jesus Is King (September 27)
Kele Okereke - 2042 (November 8)
La Neve - The Vital Cord (October 14)
N.E.R.D. - In Search Of Box Set Reissue (October 25)
Prince - 1999 Remastered (November 29)
R.E.M. - Monster 25th Anniversary Reissue (November 1)
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary Edition (November 1)
Sudan Archives - Athena (November 1)
Swans - Leaving Meaning (October 25)
Tindersticks - No Treasure But Hope (November 15)
Water from Your Eyes - Somebody Else’s Song (October 25)
Weezer - Van Weezer (May 15)
The Who - WHO (November 22)
Wild Nothing - Live from Brooklyn Steel (September 27)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 7, 2019)

In an effort to get the rights to Peppa Pig, Hasbro recently purchased eOne. In the purchase, they now own a variety of record imprints, including Death Row Records. Not all artists on the impacted records are happy. Dan Boeckner, whose Operators is on Last Gang Records, voiced his opinion on Twitter, noting the acquisition was unlikely to benefit the imprints' artists.

Maybe frustration with the arrangement will drive some creative output from the artists. If that happens, check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, Sturgill Simpson announced his fourth album, Sound & Fury.

genius.com

Kentucky native Simpson made a big impression with his sophomore album, 2014's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. That album, and the one that followed, 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, made it onto multiple year-end lists.

The new album was announced back in July, but did not get a release date until a couple of weeks ago. The album is a bit of a stylistic departure for Simpson, one that he describes at "leazy, steamy rock’n’roll." The album will also be accompanied by an animé series on Netflix, soundtracked by the album and to be released on the same day.

Sound & Fury will be released on September and will include the single "Sing Along."



Also announced recently:

Alcest - Spiritual Instinct (October 25)
Anna Wise - As If It Were Forever (October 18)
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication Vinyl Reissue (October 4)
Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique Vinyl Reissue (October 4)
Beastie Boys - Root Down Vinyl Reissue (October 4)
Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs Vinyl Reissue (October 4)
Blue Hawaii - Open Reduction Internal Fixation (October 11)
Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits (November 22)
Corridor - Junior (October 18)
Fenella - Fehérlófia (November 1)
Floating Points - Crush (October 18)
Four Tet - Anna Painting (out now)
Guerilla Toss - What Would the Odd Do? (November 15)
Itasca - Spring (November 1)
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, & Louisville Orchestra - The Order of Nature (October 18)
Judy Soundtrack (September 27)
Kim Gordon - No Home Record (October 13)
Lindstrøm - On a Clear Day I Can See Forever (October 11)
Louise Burns - Portraits (November 8)
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On Live Reissue (October 18)
Moor Mother - Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (November 8)
The National - Live from New York’s Beacon Theater (out now)
Post Malone - Hollywood’s Bleeding (out now)
Prince Rama - Rage in Peace (out now)
The Roots - Things Fall Apart Reissue (September 27)
Screaming Females - Singles Too (October 18)
Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury (September 27)
Third Coast Percussion & Devonté Hynes - Fields (October 11)
Thom Yorke - “Daily Battles” 7” (October 4)
Xylouris White - The Sisypheans (November 8)
Zonal - Wrecked (September 20)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending August 17, 2019)

Jack White and Jack Black have finally come together for a collaborative song. As we could only hope, they are calling themselves Jack Gray. The song isn't out yet, but a recent episode of Black's YouTube series, JablinskiGames, shows them meeting up at White's Third Man Records in Nashville. If they reconvene for a full-length Jack Gray record, look for it on my New Releases page!

This week, clipping. announced their third album, There Existed an Addiction to Blood.

clipping.bandcamp.com

clipping. is a hip hop trio of rapper Daveed Diggs, and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. They have been notable for a more experimental approach to the genre and, rather than sampled beats or live instrumentation, utilize found sounds, industrial metal remixes, and static.

They've also been masters of the music video. If you want to fall down a music video rabbit hole, check out their channel.

Daveed Diggs has been making a name for himself as an actor in recent years, writing and starring in last years Blindspotting, and landing a role on the TV series Snowpiercer.

I assumed that Diggs may be taking a break from music to focus on his acting, but was pleasantly surprised when There Existed an Addiction to Blood was announced Wednesday. The announcement came with a new song, "Nothing Is Safe." The album will be released on October 18.



Also announced recently:

Alchemist - Yacht Rock 2 (August 30)
Amy O - Shell (October 25)
Ariel Pink - Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2 (October 25)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Loverboy Reissue (October 25)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Underground Reissue (October 25)
A$AP Ferg - Floor Seats (out now)
Battles - Juice B Crypts (October 18)
The Beatles - Abbey Road 50 (September 27)
Big Thief - Two Hands (October 11)
Cashmere Cat - Princess Catgirl (September 20)
City and Colour - Pill for Loneliness (October 4)
Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind Reissue (September 27)
Dinosaur Jr. - Hand It Over Reissue (September 27)
Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been Reissue (September 27)
Dinosaur Jr. - Without a Sound Reissue (September 27)
elbow - Giants of All Sizes (October 11)
Empath - Active Listening: Night on Earth Reissue (October 24)
Guided By Voices - Sweating the Plague (October 25)
Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA (October 25)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - This Is the Place (September 27)
Oasis - Definitely Maybe Vinyl Reissue (August 30)
Omni - Networker (November 1)
Rapsody - Eve (August 23)
San Fermin - The Cormorant (October 4)
Young Thug - So Much Fun (out now)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

New Music Friday - August 2, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases



Clairo - Immunity

Clairo is Claire Cottrill, a young singer who first garnered attention with the release of "Pretty Girl" on You-Tube. The video gained 35 million views on the site, which (along with some family connections) got her attention from a few major record labels. Immunity is her first album, released on the FADER label.

Listen: "Bags"
Listen: "Closer to You"




Cross Record - Cross Record

Cross Record is a duo of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski, who have also recorded recently with Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater as Loma. Cross Record existed prior to that collaboration and have two previous records under their belts.

Watch: "PYSOL My Castle"
Watch: "I Release You"




Merival - Lesson

Merival is the stage name of Anna Horvath, a folk musician from Toronto. She first gained attention in 2016 with the release of her EP, Lovers. Lesson is her debut album.

Watch: "No Brakes"
Listen: "Planting a Garden"


Other Full-Length Releases



Angela Perley - 4:30

Watch: "Let Go"
Listen: "Don’t Look Back Mary"


Slaughter Beach, Dog - Safe and Also Not Fear

Watch: "Heart Attack"
Listen: "Good Ones"


Ty Segall - First Taste

Watch: "Taste"
Listen: "Ice Plant"


Tyler Childers - Country Squire

Watch: "House Fire"
Watch: "All Your’n"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.



the bird and the bee - Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: (A Tribute to Van Halen)

Listen: "Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love"
Listen: "Hot for Teacher" (featuring Beck)


Cornelius - Point Reissue

Listen: "Tone Twilight Zone"
Listen: "Fly"


Fever Ray - Live at the Troxy

Listen: "I’m Not Done"
Listen: "Triangle Walks"


My Morning Jacket - The Tennessee Fire: 20th Anniversary Edition

Listen: "Evelyn Is Not Real" (First Version)
Listen: "The Bear" (First Version)


Thom Yorke - Not the News Rmx

Listen: "Not the News" (Mark Pritchard Remix)
Listen: "Not the News" (Clark Remix)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending August 3, 2019)

I must issue a correction on my post from a couple of weeks ago, I mistakenly referred to Brandi Carlile's new all female country supergroup as The Highwaywomen... that's a different band (also an all-female country group). The new group consisting of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby is The Highwomen.

They still have their debut album together set to come out in a few weeks, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, The New Pornographers announced their eighth album, In the Morse Code of Brake Lights.

pitchfork.com

The indie rock supergroup has been a consistent presence, releasing new albums every two to three years. Their most recent, Whiteout Conditions, was released in 2017. I've seen no mention yet of whether Dan Bejar will return on this record after sitting out the 2017 album.

In the Morse Code of Brake Lights was announced yesterday along with lead single "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile." The album will be released on September 27.



Also announced recently:

Allah Lahs - LAHS (October 11)
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors (October 4)
Ariel Pink & Royal Trux - Pink Stuff (September 6)
Black Marble - Bigger Than Life (October 25)
Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp (October 4)
Common Holly - When I say to you Black Lightning (October 11)
Dave Monks - On a Wave (October 18)
Death Cab for Cutie - Blue EP (September 6)
Destiny’s Child - The Writing’s on the Wall Vinyl Reissue (November 1)
Devon Welsh - True Love (October 11)
DIIV - Deceiver (October 4)
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Vol. 2 (October 18)
Four Tet - Live at Alexandra Palace, London 8th and 9th May 2019 (out now)
Girl Ray - Girl (November 8)
Jason Lytle - Arthur King Presents Jason Lytle: NYLONANDJUNO (August 16)
Jidenna - 85 to Africa (August 23)
The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) Box Set (October 25)
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell (August 30)
Mikal Cronin - Seeker (October 25)
Molly Sarlé - Karaoke Angel (September 20)
Prince - Chaos and Disorder Reissue (September 13)
Prince - Emancipation Reissue (September 13)
Prince - The VERSACE Experience (PRELUDE 2 GOLD) Reissue (September 13)
Robbie Robertson - Sinematic (September 20)
Third Eye Blind - Screamer (October 18)
Thom Yorke - Not the News Rmx (out now)
Tove Lo - Bad as the Boys (September 20)
Warmduscher - Tainted Lunch (November 1)

Monday, July 22, 2019

New Music Friday - July 19, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases



Nas - The Lost Tapes 2

Nas released the first Lost Tapes in 2002, comprising of unreleased tracks from previous recording sessions. He's back with a second, long-teased collection, featuring out-takes from his 2006 album Hip Hop Is Dead to last year's Nasir.

Listen: "Jarreau of Rap" (featuring Al Jarreau, & Keyon Harrold)
Listen: "No Bad Energy"




Saul Williams - Encrypted & Vulnerable

Encrypted & Vulnerable is the sixth album from Saul Williams, following 2016's LoserMartyrKing. Though he's made a name for himself as a spoken word artist, he considers this to be his first spoken word album. The record also serves as the score for his first film, Neptune Frost.

Watch: "Encrypted & Vulnerable" (featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
Watch: "Experiment"


Other Full-Length Releases



IDER - Emotional Education

Watch: "Wu Baby"
Listen: "Saddest Generation"


Chuck Cleaver - Send Aid

Listen: "Anything"
Listen: "Terrible Friend"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.



Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Remastered

Watch: "An Ending (Ascent)"
Listen: "Under Stars"


Daphni - Sizzling EP

Listen: "Sizzling"
Listen: "If"


The Lion King: The Gift

Watch: "Spirit”/“Bigger"
Listen: "Brown Skin Girl"

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending July 20, 2019)

It's been more than two decades since the country supergroup The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson) disbanded, but their spiritual successors have been arrived: The Highwaywomen, made up of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby.

No need to wait for an album, they announced one this week, check it out over it my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Vivian Girls returned with their fourth album, Memory.

stereogum.com

Vivian Girls is an amazing lo-fi band with members Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler, and also counts former members Fiona Campbell, and Frankie Rose. All of them have amazing solo careers and side projects. Vivian Girls itself disbanded in 2014.

I wasn't expecting any news from the band, but this week, they announced their return and the reunion album. Memory is set to be released on September 20 and includes the lead single "Sick."



Also announced this week:

Anna Meredith - FIBS (October)
Blood Orange - Angel’s Pulse (out now)
Bon Iver - i,i (August 30)
Brockhampton - Ginger (August)
Chance The Rapper - The Big Day (July 26)
Chastity Belt - Chastity Belt (September 20)
Common - Let Love (August 30)
Fitz and The Tantrums - All the Feels (September 20)
The Highwaywomen - The Highwaywomen (September 6)
Iggy Pop - Free (September 6)
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love (September 13)
Joan Shelley - Like the River Loves the Sea (August 30)
The Lion King: The Gift (out now)
Little Scream - Speed Queen (October 25)
Long Beard - Means to Me (August 30)
Lykke Li - still sad still sexy (July 26)
M83 - DSVII (September 20)
The Music Of Red Dead Redemption II: Original Score (August 9)
One True Pairing - One True Pairing (September 20)
Tegan and Sara - Hey, I’m Just Like You (September 27)
Touché Amoré - Dead Horse X (August 9)
Twin Peaks - Lookout Low (September 13)
Uniform & The Body - Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (August 16)
Wilco - Ode to Joy (October 4)